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Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha

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Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, by John Francis, 1844 -NPG 1736 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha

by John Francis
30 7/8 in. (785 mm)
NPG 1736

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Incised (below shoulder): Albertus Dux Saxonae 1844

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This cast is closely related to the marble bust of Albert by Francis, now in the Guildhall Art Gallery, which was exhibited RA, 1844 (1265). Cowland also owned a plaster bust of Queen Victoria, related to the marble bust by Chantrey in the Royal Collection. Cowland thought that the bust of Albert was also by Chantrey, and wrote on 16 June 1914 (NPG archives):

'I understand that my father had them from a Dr Seymour or his widow – that Dr Seymour was a well-known physician in the West End and that Sir Francis Chantrey was a friend or patient of his & gave the busts to him. Sir Francis died in Nov. 1842 [sic] ... An old friend staying with us says he remembers the busts in my father's possession in 1855.'

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Gunnis 1953
R. Gunnis, Dictionary of British Sculptors (1953), p 158.

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Dr Seymour; Mr Cowland; J. A. Cowland, presented by him, 1914.

This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: Richard Ormond, Early Victorian Portraits, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1973, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.

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